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A birder’s lot is quite a happy one

With Apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan When a birder’s not engaged in his employment Or revising his life-listing special plans His capacity for innocent enjoyment Is just as great as any honest man's Our froze-toes we with difficulty smother When feeder filling duty’s to be done We take one consideration with another A birder’s lot is quite a happy one Featured Image (Click to enlarge)

By | 2018-01-08T12:05:27+00:00 January 8th, 2018|arboretum, birding, birds, MBO, snow, winter|0 Comments

Christmas Eve doing good …

Christmas Eve and our first shift of the winter filling the bird feeders at the banding station. A couple of friends and we two have divided the next three months up so that the feeders are replenished a couple of times a week at least between now and the end of March when, hopefully, spring will be in sight and regular banding/censusing can restart. Today was simply beautiful at -10C (so not too cold) [...]

By | 2017-12-31T14:50:07+00:00 December 24th, 2017|arboretum, birds, MBO, winter|0 Comments

“What a Dump!”

Overnight we enjoyed 32cm of snow on the West Island which, according to Environment Canada, is almost three times the previous record for this date at a mere 12cm - and it's still snowing. No complaints, this is Quebec and we have proper winters here, but it is also half way through March, the snow was melting, snowdrops were poking their heads out and birds were returning ... rather too early it seems. A couple [...]

By | 2017-03-15T15:58:04+00:00 March 15th, 2017|birds, snow, winter|1 Comment

Snowshoe birds

This morning saw us setting forth for the first time this winter on snowshoes in beautiful -16C sunshine to do our scheduled shift at the MBO filling up the bird feeders. This is quite the highlight of our winter activities with sun, snow, birds and nobody else around. There was still ice from the freezing rain of mid-week on the trees and it was glistening in the light. Nothing special in the way of birds other [...]

By | 2017-01-07T14:53:33+00:00 January 7th, 2017|birds, green birding, greenbirding, snow, Uncategorized, winter|0 Comments

On the naming of Larks (and a day of CBC-ing)

Photographs follow further down   Yesterday was the 76th Hudson Christmas Bird Count and J and I were out all day counting birds on our usual route. I'll get to the day report shortly but first want to ask you to Consider the Horned Lark. Why? Because we found something interesting and I think it will interest you also and encourage you to look more closely at the next group you happen upon. After we [...]

By | 2016-12-28T18:37:37+00:00 December 28th, 2016|birding, birds, cold, winter|2 Comments

Hard Bird Slogging

This morning I was booked to lead a birding field trip in the Arboretum … this winter one I usually lead people along the snowshoe trail and last year the day was cold, bright and contained three Owls, one ripping a squirrel to pieces which was a lot of fun. This morning the weather was unseasonably warm with a few inches of overnight snow but at kick-off time this morning it had turned to light [...]

By | 2016-02-20T13:56:53+00:00 February 20th, 2016|birding, birds, BPQ, field trip, winter|0 Comments

Cheating …

We  had to visit the EcoMuseum this afternoon so took the opportunity to have a wander round after we had done what had to be done ... lovely sunny, very cold afternoon and lots of the inmates were hibernating but there were enough critters out in the snow to enjoy. Obviously these birds and other beasts are not wild and so don't "count" as they are in a zoo - but a rather special zoo. Run by [...]

By | 2015-01-21T16:50:28+00:00 January 21st, 2015|birds, cold, winter|0 Comments

Feeder filling at the MBO

This week we are back on-shift for the winter topping up the feeders at the banding station (MBO). This is  really nice way to waste a couple of winter hours and today is gloriously sunny and bright but also (the price you pay for the sun) around -18C which is a bit trying to guys with old bones.  So, snowshoes strapped on and in we walked to do our duty.  The usual gang of regular [...]

By | 2015-01-20T14:01:32+00:00 January 20th, 2015|arboretum, birding, birds, cold, feeders, MBO, winter|2 Comments

A winter-bird full house …

A “full house” of winter birds fell into my lap this morning and I added two species to my year list for the patch. Having a couple of hours to spare this morning I took myself off to the further reaches of my “West Island Plus” mega-patch (defined as birding within 20 minutes distance) in order to check out the flat fields in the St-Clet area. This is also part of the route we will [...]

By | 2014-12-16T14:45:18+00:00 December 16th, 2014|birding, birds, owls, patch, snow, winter|0 Comments

Winter Snows and Winter Birds

After the past 48 hours of snow, the arboretum was looking at its best today when we visited to fill up the bird feeders. A small flock of Pine Siskins was moving through the forest and took advantage of the seeds we put out. Always nice to see these too rare visitors form the north during the winter months.

By | 2014-12-11T17:23:55+00:00 December 11th, 2014|arboretum, birding, birds, winter|0 Comments